Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Three Quick Thoughts About the Organisation of Things

by Suzanne on June 29th, 2011

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Courtauld Gallery, London

I was supposed to go see a Toulouse-Lautrec & Jane Avril exhibition (apart from some St Vitus Dance pictures from the Salpêtrière, it wasn't worth it) but ended up staring at the gorgeous ceilings and floors of the Courtauld. Magnificent and esoteric.

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Japanese Divers

The amazingly talented and ever inspiring Amrei Hofstätter of Verticospuppets posted this on my Facebook wall the other day. Watch it - it's like Leni Riefenstahl only wetter and portrays human robotics at its finest.

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Miners' Hymns

A few months ago, Sir Substrom was kind enough to share Jóhann Jóhannson/Bill Morrison's The Cause of Labour is the Hope of the World with me which visualises everything summarised by the term "epic" and I'm glad to say that the commentary-less documentary it serves as a trailer to, The Miners' Hymns, is now available on DVD from the BFI.

Take that, neofolk!

Ray Caesar's "A Gentle Kind of Cruely" at Jonathan LeVine, NYC

by Suzanne on January 17th, 2011

Calamity by Ray Caesar, 2010 - click to enlarge

The lovely people at Jonathan LeVine Gallery were so kind as to send me these sneak preview pictures for their upcoming Ray Caesar (previously featured here, here, here, here, here and everywhere) show entitled A Gentle Kind of Cruelty opening this coming Saturday, January 22.

Anniversaire by Ray Caesar, 2010 - click to enlarge

Eternally possessed by all the little devils in the detail, Ray's works are always a pure feast for the visual archaeologist and although the themes of the new series of oeuvres seem familiar, there are unknown dangers looming in every corner:

Fire ants and bandaged legs invading and distorting a picturesque Rococo scenery in Calamity (top) bring the tragedies of the Picnic at Hanging Rock to mind. And I thought Jean-Honoré Fragonard's L'escarpolette was ambiguous.

A tiny fly tries desperately to escape a birthday girl's party whistle/tongue in Anniversaire (middle) and some of Ray's favourite attributes make an appearance in Home Coming (bottom): Bat mask, spats, ice skates, tentacled baby. Courant normal then. Show details below.

Home Coming by Ray Caesar, 2010 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Jan 22 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Jan 22 - Feb 19, 2011

Address: Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10011, tel: 212-243-3822 | Map & Directions

Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 6 PM


Artist's website

Ray Caesar on the WurzelForum

... and in related eye candy news, my incredibly bright and exquisitely talented friend Amrei Hofstätter has a new website. Go say hi.